Chief executive officer of The King Center and civil rights leader Bernice King and Chick-fil-A executive Andrew Cathy are among 84 selected to take part in Leadership Atlanta’s 2020 training program. AJC File Photo
Photo: Jennifer Brett/Atlanta Buzz
Photo: Jennifer Brett/Atlanta Buzz

Bernice King, Chick-fil-A executive in Leadership Atlanta 2020 class

Chief executive officer of The King Center and civil rights leader Bernice King and Chick-fil-A executive Andrew Cathy are among 84 selected to take part in Leadership Atlanta’s 2020 training program.

“We are thrilled to welcome our 50th Class,” President and CEO Pat Upshaw-Monteith said in a news release. “We are proud to continue Leadership Atlanta’s tradition of bringing together the region’s most influential, engaged, and creative leaders dedicated to working together for the greater good. We can’t wait to see what innovative ideas the Class of 2020 brings.”


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Formed in 1969, Leadership Atlanta is one of the oldest running training programs of its kind in the country. Other notable members include Spelman College president Mary Schmidt Campbell and vice president of operations at Cox Automotive, Richard Cox.

Richard Cox speaks during Atlanta pension board meeting at Atlanta City Council Chambers. JHYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
Photo: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Cox is also chief operating officer for the City of Atlanta. Cox Automotive is owned by Cox Enterprises, the parent company of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

For nine months, leaders in a myriad of industries — including education, law, media, healthcare, technology, and politics — will learn more about regional issues through retreats, full-day seminars, service projects, community tours, and discussion groups.

Here is the entire Leadership Atlanta 2020 class:

T.J. Abrams, Global Head of Brand and Commercial Performance, Holiday Inn and avid hotels and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)

Sarah Amico, Executive Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Jack Cooper Investments

Elaine Armstrong, Vice President of Marketing, Goodwill of North Georgia

PJ Bain, Chief Executive Officer, PrimeRevenue, Inc.

Nancy Baughan, Partner, Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs, LLP

Ashley Bell, Regional Administrator, Region IV, U.S. Small Business Administration

Nell Benn, Chief Executive Officer, Agape Youth & Family Center

Mark Berry, Vice President of Environmental & Natural Resources, Georgia Power Company

Gary Brantley, Chief Information Officer, City of Atlanta

Jennifer Johnson Burns, Senior Vice President, U.S. Legal, Equifax, Inc.

Mary Schmidt Campbell, President, Spelman College

Andrew Cathy, Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer, Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Jerry Chang, Senior Managing Director and Partner, Ankura Consulting Group, LLC

Kris Christy, Vice President, Georgia Community Affairs, Wells Fargo

Shawn Cole, Vice President, Delta Air Lines

Lisa Collins, Partner, Baker & Hostetler LLP

Gretchen Corbin, President & Chief Executive Officer, Georgia Lottery Corporation

Bryant Cornett, President and Founder, DTSpade - Specialized Real Estate

Richard Cox, Vice President of Operations, Cox Automotive

Chandra Davis, Partner, The Employment Law Solution: McFadden Davis, LLC

Deron Davis, Executive Director, Georgia, The Nature Conservancy

Karen Doolittle, Principal, Mercer

Pam Driesell, Senior Pastor, Trinity Presbyterian Church

DarionDunn, Managing Partner, Atlantica Properties

Roderick Edmond, Managing Partner, Edmond, Lindsay, & Atkins, LLP

Mark Feinberg, Managing Partner, Feinberg Capital Advisors

Eric Glidewell, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (US), LLP

Talbert Hill, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Goddard School(s)/Preschool Solutions Inc.

Raphael Holloway, Chief Executive Officer, Gateway Center

Yendelela Neely Holston, Partner/ Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Zenith Houston, Director, Posse Atlanta, The Posse Foundation

Sarah Hsi, Chief Information Officer, United Way of Greater Atlanta

John Hudson, Executive Vice President, Southern Company Gas

Faraz Iqbal, Chief Operating Officer, Naranga

Conn Jackson, Chief Executive Officer, Inspire One

Mary-Campbell Jenkins, Executive Vice President/Co-Owner, The Arbor Company

Quinnie Jenkins, Manager of National Partnerships, Southwest Airlines

Kwame Johnson, President & Chief Executive Officer, Big Brothers Big Sisters Metro Atlanta

Michelle Jones, Chief Development Officer, Money Management International

Natalie Keng, Chief Executive Officer, Chinese Southern Belle

Bernice King, Chief Executive Officer, The King Center

Tricia Kinney, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Trudy Kremer, Owner, Jackson Spalding

Atticus LeBlanc, Chief Executive Officer, PadSplit, Inc

Scott Light, Executive Vice President - Packaging & Cellulose Segment, Georgia Pacific

Marian Liou, Founder and Executive Director, We Love BuHi

Stan Little, President, SunTrust Foundation Inc., SunTrust Bank

Dawn Luke, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Invest Atlanta

Jeff Maggs, Managing Director, Brunner

Richard Makerson, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner, BlueFletch Mobile

Charles Maxell, Managing Director and Resident Sales Director, AON

Michael McConnell, Chief Executive Officer, Rented.com

Jennifer McKeehan, Vice President, Supply Chain, The Home Depot

Peter McKnight, Head of School, Charles R. Drew Charter School

Steve Mensch, President & General Manager Studio Operations, Tyler Perry Studios

Stefanie Miller, Senior Vice President and General Manager, The Coca-Cola Company

Clyde Mize, Partner, Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP

Gairy Moore, Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Jill Morrisey, Chief Executive Officer, Camp Twin Lakes

Carlos Navarro, Executive Director, International Markets, JP Morgan Chase

Sara Prince, Partner, McKinsey & Company

Chris Pumphrey, Executive Director, Douglas County Economic Development Authority

Erik Rathke, Senior Vice President, Citigroup

Tameka Rish, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships, Arthur Blank Family of Business

Brenda Lopez Romero, State Representative, Georgia General Assembly

Maria Saporta, Owner, SaportaReport.com

Mike Schleifer, Managing Director, Alliance Theatre, Woodruff Arts Center

Rob Schreiner, Executive Vice President, WellStar Health System

Jim Schroder, Partner and Chief Financial Officer, TriBridge Residential

Ted Schwartz, Partner, Joel and Granot Real Estate

Dave Sewell, Partner, Ernst & Young LLP

Thad Sheely, Chief Operating Officer, Atlanta Hawks

Jason Shefrin, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Belnick

Wendy Silliman, Partner, Troutman Sanders

Randall Slaughter, Fire Chief, City of Atlanta

Gary Stewart, Physician, Resurgens Orthopaedics

Jennifer Stolarski, Chief Assistant District Attorney, DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office

Nonet Sykes, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, Atlanta Beltline, Inc.

Herman Taylor, Professor & Director of Cardiovascular Research Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine

Brian Tolleson, Chief Executive Officer, Lexicon Strategies and BARK BARK

Adam Walker, Chief Executive Officer, Sideways 8 Interactive

Mitchell Walker, Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dave Ward, Chief Executive Officer & President, Tommy Nobis Center

Jennifer Warner, President & Chief Executive Officer, Fernbank Museum of Natural History


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